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80's style bands making a comeback

Just saw some new videos by old 80's bands Bananarama and Pet Shop Boys and was just wondering if alot of bands like this are trying to comeback in the 2000's?

Madonna and U2 are still around of course and now Jody Whatley is still trying to make a go at it.

I actually liked the new Bananarama video I saw and the Pet Shop Boys one I saw was as quirky as ever.

Any other acts from the 80's trying to comeback?
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It's funny that this thread should pop up, as I was thinking only a few days ago that a considerable number of new songs out at the moment have something of an 80s "ring" to them (instrumentally and vocally), at least to my ear (unfortunately I am one of that ancient breed that is old enough to have lived through the 80s as an adult (a very young one of course ). I certainly have a hunch that we are about to experience a revival of that musical style. I just hope it comes without the accompanying fashions

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Pet Shop Boys are great, remember when they did the compliation with Dusty Springfield!! who was in the 60's!!

Speaking of the 60's, Barbra Streisand is doing a tour again, ticket prices are phenomenal!
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The 80s were fun in an "it's fun to look back on, but I'm glad they're over" type of way.
I don't think revivals are going to be very succesful. Who knows though, the music industry is weird.

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The acts people assume are on a comeback because they're not in MTV or any Top 40 chart usually aren't on a comeback trail at all - they've usually been releasing albums without too much success other than selling to their immediate fanbase. Just check out an artist's discography and you might be surprised on how much material they've put out.

Pet Shop Boys had a top 5 album here in the UK last month, Jody Watley's new album is her 9th. Artists like Cyndi Lauper, Bananarama, Samantha Fox, Tiffany, Erasure, Debbie Gibson.... have all put out several albums since their chart topping days.
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Duran Duran never really stopped, but they did come out with an amazing album last year with Astronaut and so did Depeche Mode with Playing The Angel.

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Tiffany still tours.
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The acts people assume are on a comeback because they're not in MTV or any Top 40 chart usually aren't on a comeback trail at all - they've usually been releasing albums without too much success other than selling to their immediate fanbase. Just check out an artist's discography and you might be surprised on how much material they've put out.

Pet Shop Boys had a top 5 album here in the UK last month, Jody Watley's new album is her 9th. Artists like Cyndi Lauper, Bananarama, Samantha Fox, Tiffany, Erasure, Debbie Gibson.... have all put out several albums since their chart topping days.
Well it's great to know they are still plugging away. But I honestly didn't know Banarama was still around.

I know Siobhan Fahey is doing her own thing because I was a fan of Shakespear's Sisters, but I didn't know her former bandmates were still at it.
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Well it's great to know they are still plugging away. But I honestly didn't know Banarama was still around.

I know Siobhan Fahey is doing her own thing because I was a fan of Shakespear's Sisters, but I didn't know her former bandmates were still at it.
Hi Jakeev,

Despite not setting the charts on fire over the past decade, Bananarama never really went away. After Siobhan left in 1988 she was replaced by Jacqui O'Sullivan and the group continued as a threesome...releasing the album POP LIFE in 1991 (singles included Preacher Man and Only Your Love).

Jacqui subsequently left the group in 1993 and Keren and Sarah have continued on as a twosome ever since...releasing PLEASE YOURSELF (1993), ULTRA VIOLET (1995), EXOTICA (2000) and recently DRAMA (2005).

A Pet Shop Boys comeback??? Did they ever go away??? They have been releasing quality albums steadily over the past 20 years...in fact they released more product in the 90s than in the 80s and have already released 2 full studio albums plus a soundtrack (BattleShip Potmkin) and a greatest hits collection in the 00's. I don't think there is a pop group that could rival their output over the past 20 years.

It is quite sad that once an artist or group vanishes from the MTV spotlight it is assumed that their careers and product have vanished also...it is often not the case.

Much of Cyndi Laupers best work has been on albums made well after her 80s heyday...her late 90s albums HATFUL OF STARS and SISTERS OF AVALON are sensational. She continues to tour relentlessy and is an essential live act not to be missed if you get the opportunity.

As already mentioned by the lovely MLF, both Jody Watley and Samantha Fox have continued to release albums beyond the 80s and continue to have hits in many territories. Fox is still popular in Scandanavia, Belgium and Germany and has continued to have chart success in those regions.

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It's all because of GTA: Vice City. i know after playing that game I loved 80's music, whil before I thought it was terrible.

But seriously music, like most things work in cycles. For example the rap thing that is passing now was like disco in the late 70's and the emo music that is replacing it, is like the hair metal of the 80's, a watered down version of a genre that been underground for years and finally catching on.

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Hi Jakeev,

Despite not setting the charts on fire over the past decade, Bananarama never really went away. After Siobhan left in 1988 she was replaced by Jacqui O'Sullivan and the group continued as a threesome...releasing the album POP LIFE in 1991 (singles included Preacher Man and Only Your Love).

Jacqui subsequently left the group in 1993 and Keren and Sarah have continued on as a twosome ever since...releasing PLEASE YOURSELF (1993), ULTRA VIOLET (1995), EXOTICA (2000) and recently DRAMA (2005).

A Pet Shop Boys comeback??? Did they ever go away??? They have been releasing quality albums steadily over the past 20 years...in fact they released more product in the 90s than in the 80s and have already released 2 full studio albums plus a soundtrack (BattleShip Potmkin) and a greatest hits collection in the 00's. I don't think there is a pop group that could rival their output over the past 20 years.

It is quite sad that once an artist or group vanishes from the MTV spotlight it is assumed that their careers and product have vanished also...it is often not the case.

Much of Cyndi Laupers best work has been on albums made well after her 80s heyday...her late 90s albums HATFUL OF STARS and SISTERS OF AVALON are sensational. She continues to tour relentlessy and is an essential live act not to be missed if you get the opportunity.

As already mentioned by the lovely MLF, both Jody Watley and Samantha Fox have continued to release albums beyond the 80s and continue to have hits in many territories. Fox is still popular in Scandanavia, Belgium and Germany and has continued to have chart success in those regions.
Funny thing is I don't really watch MTV anymore but I don't hear much of any 80's hold-over groups unless it's usually Madonna, U2 or Janet Jackson.

I just happened to be watching the LOGO channel when I saw the Bananarama and Pet Shop Boys videos where my eyes popped open and I thought damnnnnnn they are back?

Just glad to know many are still producing even if they are not part of the MTV crowd anymore.
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well, it was a comeback of sorts because andy and roger taylor re-joined the group.

i'm sorry, bionic, but i don't think i have seen samantha fox in the german charts for, oh, about 20 years.

scritti politti have a new album out, and it's supposed to be good.

who else?


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well, it was a comeback of sorts because andy and roger taylor re-joined the group.

i'm sorry, bionic, but i don't think i have seen samantha fox in the german charts for, oh, about 20 years.

scritti politti have a new album out, and it's supposed to be good.

who else?
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As recenty as 1997 she had a chart single with "Let Me Be Free" from her 21st CENTURY FOX album. Her European distribution company (until 2001) UKK Trontager, was located in Cologne. Germany was one of the few countries that the song charted (along with Austria, The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden and Norway). The tracks "Go For The Heart" (1995) and "Santa Maria" (1998) also registered chart activity in the same regions...."Santa Maria" reaching No.1 in Norway. In 2003 a remix of her classic "Touch Me", performed with comedian Gunter, was a huge hit in Sweden (spending 3 weeks at No.1 on the singles chart).

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Pet Shop Boys .

This reminds me I ought to go out and get the new album.
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Any other acts from the 80's trying to comeback?
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